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Parts of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka ground to a halt for the seventh day running on Saturday as thousands of students staged protests calling for improvements to road safety after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus.

The government has deployed several hundred members of the paramilitary Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) to Jigatola to get the situation under control.

In solidarity with students in Bangladesh, the Jadavpur University students on Monday staged a protest in front of the Bangladesh High Commission here. "Our children are very safe", he said. At present, the Bangladeshi leadership is already in crisis, in such a way the student movement is going to increase trouble.

Mr Hossain called the death of the two teens on July 29, "a catalyst for the outpouring of anger against the government". They argue that internet connectivity and digitization are of little use if the government is unable to ensure security on the country's roads.

Thus far, in spite of the online and police crackdown, the protests continue.

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Ashraf Rahman is one such person.

Students run after clashes with the police during a protest over recent traffic accidents that killed a boy and a girl, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 5, 2018.

"This is a personal issue, but this is a national issue as well".

The US embassy in Bangladesh has also criticised the police response to the protests in a strongly-worded statement. At least 12,000 people die each year in road accidents often blamed on faulty vehicles, reckless driving and lax traffic enforcement.

He said: "We strongly support the spirits of the young students in Bangladesh, who showcased few examples of detecting the irregularities related to road safety violations".

"All of us living here, we are concerned about our family, friends, relatives living in Bangladesh". They had signs saying "Stop state violence against school kids" and "We want justice".


Over the weekend, scores of people were hurt as police fired tear gas and mobs apparently loyal to the government attacked demonstrators, photographers and even the USA ambassador's auto. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. However hospital staff said dozens of people had been injured, some seriously, and injuries were consistent with rubber bullet wounds.

Police denied they fired rubber bullets or tear gas at the protesters.

Twelve were treated at Dhaka Medical Colleague Hospital, police inspector Bacchu Mia told AFP.

The motorcade carrying the US Ambassador to Bangladesh was attacked by a group of armed men in the country's capital Dhaka on Sunday as protests by young students took a violent turn.

Local media reported that political activists belonging to the governing party beat students marching towards their offices, but Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the Awami League, said the party activists acted in self-defence as the students attacked first.


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